Summer is a mixed raced child which gives an extra dimension to the story; not only is she the new kid on the block, she is also “different”. That ‘s another obstacle when you try to make new friends. Her mom and dad are “the “heroes” and her dream of having a permanent home and long term friendships seems irrelevant to their chooses.
When Summer moves into her new home, she comes across a hummingbird.
She wonders "if their flexibility is what makes them able to be so quick and so fearless."
Summer has a passion for swimming, her goal is swimming in the Olympics one day.
Her career starts very weak but as the story goes on she becomes flexible, fearless, focused and eventually she learns to accept the drama and dread of being a military child.
When I received the request to read the book I was somehow reluctant; I live in a country where for good or wrong reasons being in the military is just seen as any other profession, there is nothing heroic about it. These people do their jobs and risk their lives for others, which I think; we take for granted too easy. So it made me reflect on that aspect as well as the emotional struggles any child faces when they have to move from city to city or even to another country. Either if it is for military purpose or simply because their parents have decided to go and work abroad and the whole family has to move along.
This book can help both parents and children to make the best of the situation and to help to understand both sides of the story.